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Harvest Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,066 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 24
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark auburn color, citrus hop aroma, caramel flavor, medium body

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2007)
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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Chugmonkey
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a 12pack and it took like 6 months for it to go away in my beer fridge, used a couple bottles for cooking. Just totally underwhelming. Malty, but zero hop character, totally out of balance. This beer bored me to death. By far the weakest Goose Island brew I've had. Harvest ale? I was expecting a nice Oktoberfest with this kind of name and this just did not deliver.

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Bighorn
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of the_muffin_man
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper hue with a sticky off white head. Pungent nose. Strong nose of grapefruit. Some raisin bread touches of dark fruit and caramel, little bit of toasted grain.

Slightly soapy at first. Sour citric fruit on the tip of the tongue. Touch of banana strangely. Cinnamon raised bread with touches of caramel, some toasted grain. Very balanced and smooth but the flavors dont all meld together, layers of strangeness that aren't offensive but just dont seem to work. Full body, interesting but i just feel the flavors aren't melding properly.

Photo of stxp
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance: caramel color, not much/any head, foggy, thin lacing

smell: light, hoppy/cascade-y

taste: not super flavorful, taste the hops, very strong

mouthfeel: semi-dry, harsh

overall: nice color, not very bold flavor or scent

reviewed by beth

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of SColl
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date Dec. 14, 2012
Type/Style Harvest Ale
Package 12 oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 5.6%

Aroma: Lemon Zest, Orange, Wheat

Appearance: Amber

Body/ Texture: Medium Body, Good Mouthfeel

Aftertaste: Fruit flavors, bitter, caramel, some banana, some sweetness when warm

Overall: 2.5/5 I was very unimpressed, maybe I just had an old bottle but the beer was very bitter and was not well balanced.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color and looked quite promising. Initial aroma is very hoppy and makes you say "Whoah!". Lots of citrus in the aroma as well.

Just could not get past the overwhelming grapefruit taste. Hops were there, but the grapefruit was simply too overwhelming for me. Would drink again only if I had too.

Photo of ibashmuck
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on an amber body. Smells very sweet, maple syrup, a touch of citrus, and a bit of hop bite. Although the hoppiness wasn't too overpowering in the taste, none of the other elements could rise to the hops level, much less above it. A bit if a disappointment.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, deep, burnt orange coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white colored head. Aromas of pumpkin sweetness, both rich and creamy, with some very subtle spicing to accent. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing that doesn't come anywhere close to cleaning this thing up. Tangy, bitter overtones throughout, with a touch of hops in the background. This beer is getting more muddled the more I drink. Unbalanced aftertaste, as well, with a roasty, spiced, and cloyingly sweet character. Slick, slightly bitter finish, but there is a filmy sweetness that lingers behind. Not good.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.